Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Fashion Bargain - A Revolution Begins

Report filed by our special correspondent Harry Perlich.

A Street Fashion Sydney delegation attended a Fashion "Revolution” at Vinnies in Paddington on Saturday. The revolution is set to be rolled out across NSW for the next two months, but it doesn’t involve armed struggle or cluster bombs. According to the media release at hand this is a revolution to make you “look good, feel good and save dollars.”

On midday Saturday, the Vinnies Paddo shop ran a runway show on its upper gallery for the benefit of teeming shoppers below. The models, including Miss Teen Australia winner Tahlia Giumelli; wearing seasonally styled assortments of recycled, re-loved fashion demonstrated how easy it is to match the season’s new looks, and at a fraction of the cost of new. (Put that in your pipe and smoke it Zara!) We didn’t jot down the details of every outfit, but names like Gucci and, obscure (to this reporter) much-coveted-shoe-labels were mentioned during the parade. All ensembles were not more than $130 and in some cases much much less. Shoppers were able to buy the clothes modelled after the parade. The money for sales is going to a good cause and of course the recycling of Gucci, Mambo and other fashion helps you build your carbon credits.

Vinnies has done something creative that’s a natural extension of their activity of selling second-hand clothes, to students-the-poor-and, the tight of wallet. They’re helping us to appreciate the cutting edge looks you can create for yourself by running these mini-runway shows. Karmyn Pembridge, Vinnie stylist, was also on hand to spruik the outfits and offer tips for different sized women to optimise their own look.

Specifically identified trends at the show included Camel, described as the “new nude”. And of course no objection to that. Plus Aviator, the Tailored look and "Precious Stones.

For News on further “Styled by Vinnies” events,

Miss Teen Australia winner Tahlia Giumelli, Vinnies Fashion Parade Paddington

Vinnies Fashion Parade, Jacket b

Vinnies Fashion Parade Miss Bee modelling

Vinnies Fashion Parade d

Vinnies Fashion Parade, Store Shot

Runs until July

Thanks to
Karmyn Pembridge: stylist
Julie McDonald, Community & Corporate Relations Manager

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lolita Sunglasses & Leather Jacket Sydney

Is it just me or have I been seeing quite a bit of these heart shaped 'Lolita' glasses around town of late? Well thats just fine, especially when they are teamed in a great urban assault outfit like this; Black Skivvy, Leather Jacket, Blue Jeans and Pixie-style Biker-rrr Boots-you are ready for anything.

Lolita Sunglasses & Leather Jacket Sydney

And while on the subject of Lolita or at least the Kubrick film version (which I have not seen for many years)... I turned up the interesting tit-bit of info that the Master of 60's Photography Burt Stern was behind the lens (& me thinks the glasses idea too cause he was that kind of guy) of the publicity shot. The glasses were not used in the film itself! I know what you are thinking, "Kent, thats the photographer who did the Marilyn Monroe 'Last Sitting' shoot isn't it?" Well yes indeed it is.


Isn't it interesting how things go together; from here to there and back again!